My Favorite Place

I got a request from my principal to have students make posters for the West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism. As is often the case, we didn’t really get much time to make it happen. Luckily, I work with some awesome teachers who showed the students a video I made about places to visit in […]

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Wise Owl

I’m generally not a fan of projects where kids all do the same thing, but I think there is a place for old-fashioned guided drawing assignments. The monkey-see-monkey-do nature of guided drawing makes drawing less intimidating for students, and it shows students how to break objects down into simple shapes in order to draw them. […]

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Monograms

It doesn’t take long for kindergarteners to learn how to write their names, but until then, I like to do lots of first-initial artworks to make it easier to identify the artist, and also to let them practice writing letters of the alphabet. Having them draw their monogram with thick lines, then creating rainbow echo […]

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Geometry

Geometry in Kindergarten?  Why not!  I found a great lesson plan that involves basic geometry concepts, rhythm, 3-dimensional assemblage, and introduces young kids to origami.  Score!!! I started by showing students a square that had been divided into triangles: I then asked them to count all the triangles and squares they could find.  We then […]

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Dinomosaic

Oh, no! My supply order got lost, and the lesson plan I had planned to do with my first graders depended on those supplies being delivered in time. What to do? I showed students some examples of Islamic tile mosaics, to show them how the pieces fit together and do not overlap. Then, I found […]

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Cherry Blossoms

This project started out as an idea for Pi Day, when one of my principals requested that all teachers teach a Pi-Day project on March 14. (Get it? 3/14 = 3.14? Ha!) But Pi is a little difficult for my K-2 students to understand, so I just explained that Pi is a special number used […]

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Mardi Gras

This week, primary students will be making Mardi Gras masks, using construction paper, feathers, spangles, scissors and glue. More practice with cutting and gluing techniques, and lots of fun!

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Funky Chicken

This lesson plan is based on the book “Tinga Tinga Tales,” which are based on African art and stories. I love the bright colors and designs! We used oil pastels on black construction paper. I emphasized use of texture, line, color, pattern, and variety.

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African Style

Primary students made fashion from African textile designs. Pants, dresses, and shirts are easy to make from basic geometric shapes. Students love the colorful fabrics, and this is a great way to talk about African culture.

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… and more dragons!

One thing about teaching in a different school each day is that I get a lot of opportunities to change my lesson plans and try new things.  A teacher at this school donated some leftover tissue paper, so we made these! Primary students have trouble with fan-folding, so I like to use that technique any […]

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